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Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws: Gay San Francisco 1985-1988

12/01/12 - 2/10/2013

Main Library

Jewett Gallery - Lower Level

100 Larkin St.

In this exhibit,  photographs by Thomas Alleman celebrate San Francisco’s gay community in the mid-eighties.  They show a moment in San Francisco’s social history when the first wave of the AIDS epidemic crashed onto the Castro. These photos chronicle a blizzard of protests and demonstrations, vigils and marches and sit-ins, as the community struggled for social and political recognition of the crisis. But this exhibit also shows the parties and bar-scenes, drag shows and Halloween evenings and the artists who were creating a home-grown, alternate gay culture that spoke directly to the experiences and aspirations of Castro audiences with life affirming joy.

Upcoming Events

Bridging Urban America
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and the Impressionist Movement
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Adult Coloring Soiree
Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6:30 pm
Excelsior, Excelsior Meeting Room

Upcoming Classes

Adult Coloring
Sunday, July 23, 2017, 3:00 pm
Portola, Portola Meeting Room

Current Exhibits

My Art Makes My Life Matter
Through Thursday, August 10, 2017
Main Library, African American Center
Building Bridges, Not Walls
Through Friday, September 15, 2017
Main Library, Skylight Gallery